Limit damage caused by teeth grinding.
Bruxism results when one frequently grinds or clenches their teeth. Bruxism symptoms may include frequent headaches, or pain that is concentrated in the face, jaw, or teeth. Many people clench or grind while asleep, making them unaware they are suffering from bruxism. Sometimes the problem remains undiagnosed until after a larger issue arises such as enamel loss or damage to existing fillings or crowns. The majority of bruxism cases are caused by stress and anxiety. Sometimes bruxism may stem from frequent use of caffeine or alcohol, sleep disorders or certain medications.
The best way to treat bruxism is to have a custom nightguard made to fit over your teeth. This nightguard will help protect the surfaces of your teeth from further damage and cushion the muscles and joints. Nightguards are made by taking digital impressions of your upper and lower teeth.
In addition to wearing a nightguard every night, we recommend those diagnosed with bruxism to:
Reduce stress by taking warm baths, exercising, meditating, or listening to music.
Avoid caffeine or alcohol, especially before bed.
Try to make an effort to relax your jaw when you feel your muscles tense.
If you think that you may be experiencing bruxism or someone has told you that you grind your teeth at night, please contact Southdale Dental Associates to schedule an appointment. Your doctor will check your muscles, joints and teeth for signs of bruxism and ask a series of questions that may help further diagnose the problem.